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Phil Mickelson Falls Out of Golf’s Top 100

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson, 50, officially fell out of the top 100 of the World Golf Ranking on Sunday for the first time since 1993.

Mickelson has been in the top 100 since winning the International back in 1993 and managed to stay on the list for a record 1,425 weeks.

Mickelson began the year as the 66th ranked golfer in the world, but a slow start to the 2021 season has seen him fall to 101st. Mickelson did not play in this weekend’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, allowing other golfers to pass him by on the list.

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In four starts on the PGA Tour this year, Mickelson’s best finish is tied for 53rd as he has accomplished that feat twice. The lefty also missed the cut at the other two starts.

Mickelson will be looking to break into the top 100 again this week as he is scheduled to compete in the Players Championship. The World Golf Hall of Famer has racked up 44 wins on the PGA Tour in his career and has also won five major golf tournaments.

During his illustrious career, Mickelson has spent 270 weeks as the No. 2 ranked golfer in the world, but he has yet to achieve the top spot. In the 270 weeks that Mickelson spent at number two, Tiger Woods was the world’s top-ranked golfer.

DeChambeau Wins at Bay Hill

The Arnold Palmer Invitational always draws some of the best golfers on the PGA Tour, and it was another loaded field this weekend at Bay Hill. Bryson DeChambeau held off Lee Westwood to capture the title on Sunday in a final round that brought plenty of drama. Last year, PointsBet became the official betting partner of the PGA Tour.

DeChambeau shot a 71 on Sunday, a day when no golfer broke 70 for the first time at Bay Hill since 1980. The pin positions and a windy day made scoring tough for the entire field, but DeChambeau was able to play the final 17 holes bogey-free.

The two golfers never had more than a one-shot lead during the final 15 holes on Sunday, making for one of the best finishes of the year. Corey Conners was also adding to the excitement and finished alone in third place.

Nearly Drives Par-5 6th

DeChambeau said all week that he was looking to drive the green on the Par 5 6th hole, and he made a close attempt on Saturday afternoon. DeChambeau was able to clear the lake, but his drive sailed 50 yards to the right of the green.

The actual distance to the hole is 555 yards, but it is much shorter when trying to drive over the lake. However, that’s still a challenging shot, and  DeChambeau was still the only golfer to attempt the feat this weekend. Last year, DeChambeau averaged 322 yards on his drives, easily the highest average on the PGA Tour.

He was able to get up-and-down for a birdie at the 6th on Saturday, which helped spur him on to a run to the top of the leaderboard.

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